IN THE TOWN OF ORONO, ORDINANCES REQUIRE PERMITS FOR THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF WORK:
BUILDING ELECTRICAL HEATING PLUMBING ROAD OPENING CURB CUTS HOME OCCUPATIONS ADDING FILL TO A PROPERTY HOOKING INTO THE TOWN SEWER
Building permits are required for all new construction, including homes, garages and additions to existing structures (decks, porches, etc.). Permits are also required for certain structural repairs, for structural alterations such as the addition of doors or windows, and for demolition work.
Building permits are required for the construction or placement of sheds that are less than 200 sq. feet in size (although we do not charge a fee for them) No building permits are required for fences under 6 feet in height, for the re-shingling of roofs, for interior or exterior painting, for replacement of sheetrock, or for cosmetic changes to structures including new siding.
Homeowners may take out building permits themselves or have their contractors do it for them.
Plans need to be submitted to the Code Enforcement Office for review before any work can begin.
If you are unsure if you need a permit, please check with us before proceeding.
Electrical permits are required for any changes to service entrances, for adding wiring to a structure, and for repairs or upgrades to existing services.
Heating permits are required when installing or replacing a heating unit, and when adding additional heating units including gas or wood burning stoves.
Plumbing permits are required for two types of work –
A permit is not required when replacing a plumbing fixture, provided that the replacement fixture goes into the same place without any new plumbing lines.
A permit is required to open up a road for the hooking up of utilities (water, sewer, electricity, gas, etc.). These permits can only be obtained by a licensed contractor.
A permit is required to cut an entrance (driveway) onto a town road. Applications for these permits can be obtained at the Town Code Office, but must be approved by the Town Road Commissioner.
A Maine D.O.T. permit is required to cut an entrance onto a state road. Applications and approvals for those permits must be obtained from the Maine D.O.T. Please note that state law prohibits the Town from issuing any local permits until this D.O.T. approval is obtained.
A permit is required to operate a business in your home. Applications for these permits can be obtained from the Code Office, and then must be reviewed for approval by the Orono Planning Board. The Land Use Ordinance has specific standards and requirements that apply to home occupations. Copies of these are available in the Code Enforcement Office.
A permit is required when adding more than 20 cubic yards of fill to a property. Applications for these permits can be obtained from the Code Office.
All work requiring a permit must be inspected by the appropriate Town Inspector both during construction and when construction is completed.
All rental properties within the Town are required to register their properties by September 1st of each year. A registration form needs to be filed with the Town along with a $25 fee for each rental on the property. The form follows:
SIGN PERMIT APPLICATION